Remove FLV Player by Somoto Ltd (Removal Guide)

FLV Player by Somoto LTD is a potentially unwanted program, which is promoted via other free downloads, and while this program itself is not a virus, during its setup process users will be prompted to install adware and browser hijackers on their computers.
[Image: FLV Player by  Somoto LTD]
FLV Player is a video converting application that is typically added when you install another free software (video recording/streaming, download-managers or PDF creators) that had bundled into their installation this program. Very often users have no idea where did it come from, so it’s not surprising at all that most of them assume that FLV Player is a virus. This program is also bundled within the custom installer on many reputable download sites, so if you have downloaded a software from these websites, chances are that FLV Player was installed during the software setup process.

FLV Player it’s technically not a virus, but it does exhibit plenty of malicious traits, such as rootkit capabilities to hook deep into the operating system, browser hijacking, and in general just interfering with the user experience. The industry generally refers to it as a “PUP,” or potentially unwanted program.

The FLV Player installer is packed with the Webcake adware, Babylon browser hijacker, Optimizer Pro registry cleaner and other malicious or unwanted programs.


If you agree to install this adware programs, your browser homepage and default search engine will be changed, and you will see advertising banners and adware pop-ups on the webpages that you are visiting.
When you uninstall FLV Player from your computer, your web browser’s default settings will not be restored, and this malicious programs will not be removed.

You should always pay attention when installing software because often, a software installer includes optional installs, such as this FLV Player. Be very careful what you agree to install.
Always opt for the custom installation and deselect anything that is not familiar, especially optional software that you never wanted to download and install in the first place. It goes without saying that you should not install software that you don’t trust.

How to remove FLV Player by Somoto Ltd (Virus Removal Guide)

This page is a comprehensive guide, which will remove FLV Player pop-ups from your computer, and any other adware program that may have been installed during the the setup process.
Please perform all the steps in the correct order. If you have any questions or doubt at any point, STOP and ask for our assistance.
STEP 1: Uninstall FLV Player programs from your computer
STEP 2: Remove FLV Player adware with AdwCleaner
STEP 3: Remove FLV Player browser hijackers with Junkware Removal Tool
STEP 4: Remove FLV Player virus with Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Free
STEP 5: Double-check for the FLV Player infection with HitmanPro

STEP 1 : Uninstall FLV Player programs from your computer

In our case the FLV Player by Somoto  has installed eight programs on our testing machine, however there are many other programs that may be installed with this program. In this first step, we will try to identify and remove any malicious program that might be installed on your computer.

  1. To uninstall the FLV Player program from your computer, click the Start button, then select Control Panel, and click on Uninstall a program.
    If you are using Windows 8, simply drag your mouse pointer to the right edge of the screen, select Search from the list and search for “control panel“. Or you can right-click on a bottom left hot corner (formerly known as the Start button) and select Control Panel from there, then select Uninstall a program.
    [Image: Uninstall a program]
  2. When the Add/Remove Programs or the Uninstall a Program screen is displayed, scroll through the list of currently installed programs and uninstall FLV Player by Somoto Ltd, AppsHatMobile Apps, WebCake 3.00, BrowserDefender, Bundled software uninstaller, Optimizer Pro v3.0, FilesFrog Update Checker, Babylon Chrome Toolbar and any other recently installed or unknown programs from your computer.
    [Image: Uninstall FLV Player programs from Windows]

Depending on what program has installed FLV Player, the above programs may have a different name or not be installed on your computer. If you cannot find any unwanted programs on your computer, you can proceed with the next step.


STEP 2: Remove FLV Player adware from your computer with AdwCleaner

The AdwCleaner utility will scan your computer for FLV Player adware, that may have been installed on your computer without your knowledge.

  1. You can download AdwCleaner utility from the below link.
    ADWCLEANER DOWNLOAD LINK (This link will automatically download AdwCleaner on your computer)
  2. Before starting AdwCleaner, close all open programs and internet browsers, then double-click on the AdwCleaner icon.
    [Image: AdwCleaner Icon]
    If Windows prompts you as to whether or not you wish to run AdwCleaner, please allow it to run.
  3. When the AdwCleaner program will open, click on the Search button as shown below.
    [Image: AdwCleaner scanning for FLV Player Search]
    The program will now start to search for FLV Player adware that may be installed on your computer. When it has finished it will display a notepad screen that contains a log file of all the FLV Player browser extensions, files, and registry keys that have been detected. Unless you see a program name that you know should not be removed, please close the Notepad window and continue with the next step.
  4. To remove the FLV Player malicious files that were detected in the previous step, please click on the Delete button on the AdwCleaner screen.
    [Image: Adwcleaner removing FLV Player virus]
    AdwCleaner will now prompt you to save any open files or data as the program will need to reboot the computer. Please do so and then click on the OK button.
  5. AdwCleaner will now delete all detected adware from your computer. When it is done it will display an alert that explains what PUPs (Potentially Unwanted Programs) and Adware are. Please read through this information and then press the OK button. You will now be presented with an alert that states AdwCleaner needs to reboot your computer.
    Please click on the OK button to let AdwCleaner reboot your computer.

STEP 3: Remove FLV Player browser hijackers with Junkware Removal Tool

Junkware Removal Tool is a powerful utility, which will remove FLV Player browser hijacker from Internet Explorer, Firefox or Google Chrome.

  1. You can download the Junkware Removal Tool utility from the below link:
    JUNKWARE REMOVAL TOOL DOWNLOAD LINK (This link will automatically download the Junkware Removal Tool utility on your computer)
  2. Once Junkware Removal Tool has finished downloading, please double-click on the JRT.exe icon as seen below.
    [Image: Junkware Removal Tool]
    If Windows prompts you as to whether or not you wish to run Junkware Removal Tool, please allow it to run.
  3. Junkware Removal Tool will now start, and at the Command Prompt, you’ll need to press any key to perform a scan for the FLV Player virus.
    [Image: Junkware Removal Tool scanning for FLV Player virus]
    Please be patient as this can take a while to complete (up to 10 minutes) depending on your system’s specifications.
  4. When the scan Junkware Removal Tool will be completed, this utility will display a log with the malicious files and registry keys that were removed from your computer.
    [Image: Junkware Removal Tool final log]

STEP 4: Remove FLV Player virus with Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Free

  1. You can download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Free from the below link, then double-click on the icon named mbam-setup.exe to install this program.
    MALWAREBYTES ANTI-MALWARE DOWNLOAD LINK(This link will open a download page in a new window from where you can download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Free)
  2. When the installation begins, keep following the prompts in order to continue with the setup process, then at the last screen click on the Finish button.
    [Image: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware final installation screen]
  3. On the Scanner tab, select Perform quick scan, and then click on the Scan button to start searching for the FLV Player malicious files.
    [Image: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Quick Scan]
  4. Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware will now start scanning your computer for FLV Player virus as shown below.
    [Image: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware scanning for FLV Player virus]
  5. When the Malwarebytes Anti-Malware scan has finished, click on the Show Results button.
    [Image: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware scan results]
  6. You will now be presented with a screen showing you the computer infections that Malwarebytes Anti-Malware has detected. Make sure that everything is Checked (ticked), then click on the Remove Selected button.
    [Image: Malwarebytes Anti-Malwar removing FLV Player]
  7. Once your computer will restart, open Malwarebytes Anti-Malware and perform a Full System scan to verify that there are no remaining threats.

Double-check for the FLV Player infection with HitmanPro

  1. You can download HitmanPro from the below link:
    HITMANPRO DOWNLOAD LINK (This link will open a web page from where you can download HitmanPro)
  2. Double-click on the file named HitmanPro.exe (for 32-bit versions of Windows) or HitmanPro_x64.exe (for 64-bit versions of Windows). When the program starts you will be presented with the start screen as shown below.
    HitmanPro scanner
    Click on the Next button, to install HitmanPro on your computer.
    HitmanPro installation
  3. HitmanPro will now begin to scan your computer for FLV Player malicious files.
    HitmanPro detecting for FLV Player virus
  4. When it has finished it will display a list of all the malware that the program found as shown in the image below. Click on the Next button, to remove FLV Player adware.
    HitmanPro scan results
  5. Click on the Activate free license button to begin the free 30 days trial, and remove all the malicious files from your computer.
    [Image: HitmanPro 30 days activation button]

Your computer should now be free of the FLV Player infection. If your current anti-virus solution let this infection through, you may want to consider purchasing the PRO version of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware to protect against these types of threats in the future, and perform regular computer scans with HitmanPro.
If you are still experiencing problems while trying to remove FLV Player virus from your machine, please start a new thread in our Malware Removal Assistance

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  • G.Y. Evan

    My Ex-girlfriend candidate tricked me as she gave me the link to download [app name censored], but it went to be this [NSFW word] malware. Guess, she took revenge for me rejecting her love.

    Anyway, Thanks for your help.

  • Matt D

    Problem solved! I used IObit Uninstaller and I was able to finally remove thee Somoto program and ALL of it’s associated files! Hope this helps someone else…

  • Kiki Koutsomitrou

    This worked perfect.Thank you!!!

  • robin

    I love you

  • paloma

    wonderful, thanks a lot for sharing your knowledge and explain it so clear! All the steps have detected Malware and remove it!

  • Name

    Like a CHARM!! Thank you so much for putting this info out there. Super annoying trying to work and constantly have some ad pop up or redirect me back to an original page.

  • tasha

    I think it worked. (crosses fingers and looks over shoulder). Thank you for this those darned pop ups aarrgh!!

  • John C

    This worked perfect 5 stars you guys rule

  • Lyndsi

    You have been infinitely helpful. Thanks Stelian!

  • Jonh Gen

    Awesome, it worked and I’ve been dealing with this while trying to browse for about 2 weeks. Kudos to the author and f–k the guy who wrote the malware.

  • Robbie Hakeem

    thank you so much. Very helpful

  • Keith

    Thank you for posting this. I picked up some annoying spyware/maleware downloading Steam. The steps above seem to have cleaned everything up.

  • jilly

    Thank you for this. :)

  • http://malwaretips.com/ Stelian Pilici

    Hello,
    FLV Player usually comes packed with a browser hijacker and adware. Now, I don’t known if you have any malicious programs on your computer, but if you have the time, doing this scan won’t do any harm…. Nevertheless, if are just looking to remove FLV Player, then Step 1 is enough!

    Stay safe!

    • Susan

      If you’ve got the thing popping up on all your browser windows, you might want to just get it done. It hides in several places and comes included with some other junk adware/malware. Going through all these steps makes sure it’s really all the way clean.